Friday, July 9, 2021

Racisim

 Here's an egregious example of racism if ever I saw it: Michael Avenatti got 2-1/2 years for extortion trying to shake down Exxon for some sort of climate crime, and yet Al Sharpton, having made his entire career out of extorting people and corporations on a race basis, is still a free man.

Mr. Avenatti has a good basis for getting his conviction overturned on the basis of disproportionate impact on white people.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Lies, Damn Lies, And Polls

This poll suggests that Coloradans love being East California and all that entails, but... 

I am suspicious of a poll showing large majorities in favor of rapidly increasing taxes, including fees, high unemployment, large homeless encampments, a new taxing zone for a high speed rail corridor, restrictions on charter schools, etc, etc. When you take a poll, you poll large numbers of people, and sort them by political affiliation, then adjust their weighting to match, say, the turnout from the last election. As well, the poll runs an incumbent against an unknown opponent, never a winning proposition.

Now let's assume that Colorado used the same Dominion voting machines and tabulators that gave Dems a 2-5% boost across the board. One could be left with the idea that there are a lot more "Bernie boys" in this state than there actually are, and that thus, far left positions are much more popular than in actual fact. This can also bias later polls which would be weighted to match fraudulent voter data. Done carefully, this sort of thing can convince the majority that they're in the minority, and depress their turnout in elections, and convince them to leave the state.

This Rassmussen poll suggests that the far left is far less popular than the media would have you believe. The trick here is to get honest polling data out to the electorate to give them some confidence that they are not lonesome voices crying in the wilderness.


UPDATE: I seem to have been right.


 


 

Human Nature

 Rather depressing, but probably true, these 20 observations by a British rapper.

Science Marches Onward! - Alcohol!

 For a change, here's some news about alcohol that doesn't involve burning it. Seems this fellow has come up with a way to turn alcoholic beverages into something resembling ice cream, or at least soft serve.

Yeah, I know, the purists among us will denounce this as alcohol abuse, especially as it seems to work about as well with single malt Scotch as it does with beer of any sort. The extremes though probably are alcohol abuse on the one end of that spectrum, and reportedly abuse of the consumer on the other, so if you but one of his machines (about $6000-$7000) don't pour in either Glenfiddich or Coors Lite.



Monday, July 5, 2021

Fun With Headlines - Medical

 Israeli doctors may have figured out how to make animal organs transplantable into humans:

Israeli doctors develop ‘pig-human’ hybrid organ for transplant

OK fine. but I've got to ask; Is this kosher?

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Illegal Fireworks

 The sound of illegal fireworks in my neighborhood: The sound of individuals declaring their independence.

Friday, July 2, 2021

CCP 100th Anniversary

 Big celebrations all over the country on the august occasion.

It also appears, even though accurate records are a state secret, that the CCP has averaged 1 million murders per year over the last 100 years, to keep itself in power.

Fun With Headlines - The Clintons

 I Own The World has this one up:

Judge approves unsealing of documents linking Ghislaine Maxwell to Clintons

Let me say right now that Judge Loretta Preseka did NOT kill herself. There! Tomorrows news today with the accuracy of Izvestia and the credibility of Pravda!

NICS Checks - Back To Normal?

 The numbers for June are in, and I have to note that they are coming in earlier than they used to. I guess in off-election years, the FBI has little else to do when not hounding Republicans, so they get the routine stuff done in a timely manner. 

Looking at the curves, this months number comes in about where you'd expect it to if last years curve had been where you'd expect that to be. 

The 2020 curve had approximately the right shape, except for a big surge during the summer that corresponded to the "mostly peaceful" demonstrations in large urban areas. This year, the leaders of the demonstrations are being installed in high government positions, and with the big salaries and access to whomever is controlling the president, there are fewer peaceful riots.

On the positive side, there is now a faint possibility that ammunition manufacture will begin to catch up with demand. The problem is that if demand drops back to "normal", existing capacity may be enough to keep up. This reduces the benefit of building a new manufacturing plant or expanding an older one. The other problem, on the horizon, is legal requirements to put serial numbers on every bullet so that when Crip A shoots Blood B, the authorities will know which gun store the ammunition was stolen from, and will move quickly to shut it down, preventing law-abiding citizens from defending themselves from the criminals.

Politicians who boast about taking such actions get re-elected by slightly larger margins than their previous effort. To find out the margin ask the head of DNC what margin he/she/it told Dominion to have their candidate win by.


Thursday, July 1, 2021

Local Control - Colorado

 Jon Caldera has a nice piece up at Complete Colorado describing in great detail what the notion of "local control" means to Democrats. Bottom line, the state can make living here as onerous as they want, and localities are permitted to make it worse. But only worse.

For myself, I've been ready to decamp to a freer location for the last 10 years as I see Colorado becoming East California, and no real chance of it ever being reversed. After all, our Secretary of State has assured us that we have the cleanest election process in the country, and it's so free of taint that she has issued a ruling that it shall be illegal to investigate any aspect of it.

The reason I'm still here is my spouse, who sees proximity to her sister and daughter as being worth any inconvenience the state wants to impose. She reminds me of a prisoner in the State pen who has served his sentence, but doesn't want to leave because all his friends are there.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Reparations Part 2

 In a previous post I discussed calculating reparations based on the difference in income of an average black household in the U.S. vs that of an average household in, say, Nigeria. I think I figured the U.S. blacks owed us some $40-odd thousand dollars each.

Now here's some more info that should muddy the waters sufficiently as to make who owes whom a near impossibility to actually figure out. I knew about William Ellison, but not about the other stories

Thursday, June 17, 2021

How Bad Is It?

 Not here, for a change, but 2 stories coming out at the same time, on the same topic, makes you wonder. First there seems to be a famine going on in North Korea. This doesn't strike me as particularly unusual, but pictures of 'Lil Kim are showing him noticeably thinner. This following his tearful confession that things are tight, food-wise, and he blames himself. Now the news is that there is a larger than average food shortage, at least in part brought on by the closure of the border with China. Rare indeed to see a Communist admit that the current plan isn't working.

More along the lines of what I'd expect, is this story announcing that the latest thing among Chinese youth is the practice of "chewing grass" which has multiple interpretations ranging from voluntarily going on a diet, to doing so involuntarily, Coincidentally, this is happening in concert with reports of poor grain harvests, which includes animal feed. Here's a place where the Greens could actually help us. They need to encourage the Chinese to begin blending their gasoline with ethanol, so that like us, a large percentage of their corn crop can be burned in their rapidly growing automobile population.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Observation

 While it is true that no one ever went broke underestimating the taste or intelligence of the American public, at the same time the answer to the question "How dumb do they think we are?" is to simply look at the people we elect.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Fun With Headlines - V.P. Harris

 It was recently reported that Air Force 2 aborted a trip to Guatemala on account of some strange noises heard on takeoff. So far Ms Harris has avoided any trips very far from D.C. presumably so as to be on the spot when Sock Puppet Joe finally can't be held upright through a short speech any more.

I'm speculating that the strange noises in V.P. Harris' plane can be traced to a rattling of loose marbles in Harris' head.

It also seems plausible to me that Nancy Pelosi has outfitter Harris' plans with a bomb to be used while she's speeding back to D.C. The fortunate twofer would make Nancy president.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

May NICS Checks - Still Ahead Of The Curve

 After the 2020 riot-induced surge in gun sales, you'd thing it would take an actual outbreak of civil unrest to top those numbers. You'd almost be right. The Marxists got their people into office, and have throttled back on the rioting, ecept in Portland and Minneapolis, of course, and the rush on guns has dropped off a bit. I, personally, wonder if some of the drop off is due to people recognizing that while you can still buy a gun, finding ammo is at best difficult and expensive, and at worst, impossible.

Anyway, here's the latest:


Still ahead of 2020 if only narrowly. Rumor has it that ammo and components may become generally available in 2 years or so.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Fun With Headlines - Food

 Here's a great one:

Genetically modified salmon head to US dinner plates

Now hum the tune:

Fish heads, fish heads, roly poly fish heads

Fish heads fish heads, eat 'em up, yum. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Pin Pointing Denver Crime

 A study released yesterday includes information on the highest crime areas in Denver, giving locations down to certain street intersections. If you have lived here for a while, most of these come as no particular surprise. 

Those hot spots – which make up only 1.56% of Denver’s landmass (excluding Denver International Airport) – were identified as the following areas:

  • South Federal Boulevard and West Alameda Avenue
  • Colfax Avenue and Broadway
  • Colfax Avenue and Yosemite Street
  • 47th Avenue and Peoria Street
  • MLK Jr. Boulevard and Holly Street

They are posted in no particular order, but the second one really stands out: This particular intersection  is known all over town as a trouble spot, partly because of the persistent homeless encampment on the South West corner, but mostly because of the wholesale theft ring operating out of the building 1 block East of the South East corner, which is also responsible in no small measure for the homeless encampment as well. 

Monday, May 24, 2021

Rewriting History

 The Dems are currently making noises about packing the supreme court if the court overturns all or part of Roe v Wade. This would require eliminating the filibuster in the Senate which doesn't currently seem likely, but who knows. 

The other thing going on is the audit currently under way in Georgia that has already turned up evidence of massive fraud to the point that at least one judge is leaning toward invalidating all or part of the 2020 election there. At minimum this could cost one of Georgias new Senators his seat. 

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Fun With Headlines - Gaza War

 Here's one from ET which is unfortunately behind their paywall, but having read the headline, you don't actually need to read the article:

Israel, Hamas Agree to Ceasefire Over Gaza Conflict: Netanyahu’s Office

Good to see the hostilities winding down. I have to wonder is the notable lack of participation by the Abraham Accords signatories had anything to do with this.

Arabic Word Of The Week - Hudna: Frequently mistranslated as cease-fire, or truce, this work has a much deeper meaning.  Hudna is usually called for by the side of a conflict that isn't doing as well as they'd like. i.e. they're getting their asses kicked. The best translation goes something like this: "O honorable enemy, I am wounded and nearly out of ammunition, Please stop shooting at me for a time while I get medical help, reinforcements, and more ammo!"

The time to ask for this is when you are in a position to defend yourself otherwise the winning side will cheerfully agree to your conditions, and as soon as you are vulnerable, will swoop down on you and kill you to the last man, frequently in very creative and colorful ways.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Domestic Violence?

 I suppose the reasoning goes that since all Americans are just one big (mostly) happy family, any violent incidents will now be classified as domestic violence. Or some such. Like the domestic disturbances that seem to happen nightly in Portland, or the domestic kerfuffles that happen several times a night in Chicago, right? 

The F.B.I. are now calling James Hodgkinsons firing of about 100 rounds at Republicans practicing for a softball game and "domestic violence extremism". This is a revision from a previous assessment of the act as an attempt at "suicide by cop". 

I'm waiting for someone to introduce the " Steve Scalise anti terrorism Bill" to ban the sale of assault weapons, being defined as any firearm capable of holding more than one round, to anyone registered to vote as a Democrat. The Dems shouldn't complain as their greatest accomplishment in this area was the assassination of Republican president Lincoln, which was done with a single-shot pocket pistol.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Restrictions On Getting To Work

 If the Democrats really wanted us to work for a living, you'd think they'd make it easier to do, but no. Gov Polis is proposing restrictions on the number of people at larger worksites that would be permitted to arrive in single occupancy vehicles. 

CDPHE is essentially farming out to large companies enforcement of something it cannot do on its own; tell people they can’t drive their own cars to work.  

Forcing companies to come up with a plan that meets the standards set by CDPHE burdens employers with making employees obey, says McConnell. This could be as simple as saying “carpool or take the bus or get fired” if the costs of compliance are higher than those of finding more compliant employees. 

I seem to have picked a really good time to quit working (retire). I'm also curious, as a motorcycle rider, how many passengers I would have been expected to bring along on my motorbike in order to qualify as a High Occupancy Vehicle under the proposed rules.  

Oh yes, and all this privatized tyranny is being imposed to fight the bogeyman of Global Warming by cutting Colorados carbon footprint by the amount produced by one Chinese coal fired power plant in one day.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

The Political Spectrum

 The left seems to have a rather narrow political spectrum, with the Chinese leader Xi Jinping on the left and pictured as the Dems friend at best and just a competitor at worst, and Vlad Putin on the right, Pictured here as an arch conservative and public enemy for his alleged role in getting Trump elected and for his role in freeing the slaves which the Dems still hold a grudge over. 


This does ignore some realities, like the Chinese efforts to stamp out anything that looks like it might become more popular than their government, and the Dems mistake in nominating a very unlikable candidate and then failing to cheat enough to get her elected. 

So there we have it: Xi is a Democrat, and Putin is a Republican, and that's the whole of the political spectrum, from left to right.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Maricopa Update

Here's an article from Gateway Pundit supplementing the 2 items I mentioned 2 posts down, and adding a third. Nothing at all to see here except that for a free and fair election, there seems to be an awful lot of effort being put into covering up exactly how it was conducted, ranging from county commissioners up to the Biden DOJ.

It might be worth remembering that Colorado uses the same equipment and methods as Maricopa County.

What They Say, and Why They Say It

 This could almost be a fun with headlines post, but I'll leave it like this

'Furious' Meghan McCain's Brutal Nickname For Trump Lights Up Twitter

The actual verbiage being referenced is 

“Go ahead in this sausagefest of MAGA up on Capitol Hill, pull her out and put another woman in who will do and say anything you want for President Trump,” McCain said. “See where this lands us in midterms. I’m absolutely furious.”

Now imagine if the affronted person had been "of color":

“Go ahead in this crackerfest of MAGA up on Capitol Hill, pull him/her out and put another POC in who will do and say anything you want for President Trump,” McCain said. “See where this lands us in midterms. I’m absolutely furious.”

Losing her job due to an over willingness to sell out to the other side, and blaming it on sexism. As I have observed before, if a liberal accuses you of racisim, it's a tacit admission of defeat in the argument. This observation seems to be equally valid for sexism, and probably for most, if not all of the other "isms" conservatives get accused of.

 

 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Maricopa Audit - Good News and Bad News

 Here's 2 stories about the audit currently plodding along in Maricopa County AZ. First the bad news. The Dems, who have been moving heaven and earth to stop the thing have won an agreement with the Republicans who demanded it in that the auditors will no longer judge ballot validity based on signature matching. That is it now no longer matters if every absentee ballot in the county was signed by the same person.

Next up, the (possibly) good news is that it appears that computer equipment used in the voting and counting had been fitted with removable storage devices that were removed and stored in "undisclosed locations" by "undisclosed persons" who may or may not have been working for either Maricopa county or Dominion Inc. There is no record of custody.

My own uneducated guess would be that someone was warming the hot dogs they were having for lunch on the servers, but I'm assured by the article that those are removable data storage devices.


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Dodging The Bullet

 Here is the legal eagle O'Bummer wanted to put on the Supreme court.

Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland does not know that I.D. is required to purchase a firearm, despite the undo ‘burden’ it places on prospective buyers.

He thinks we should be requiring an ID to buy a gun, but not to vote. Yeah, Great pick. 

Joe Biden 2.0 - New And Improved!


The above picture is the new Joe Biden 20, currently in the final assembly stages at Boston Dynamics, the world famous maker of robots. In the final version, the head will be replaced with a silicone copy of Biden 1.0 made by Real Dolls, maker of realistic humanoid robots. He will be dressed in a blue suit, and the crystal ball will be replaced with a stack of executive orders. The $1 slot will be replaced by a card/phone reader and will accept donations in increments of $1M. Nancy Pelosi and Susan Rice, highly placed members of the Democrat Party Central committee, say the new version should be quite a bit more reliable than the old one.

The right arm will be fully automated and capable of dashing off a credible signature as long as the document is placed within the alignment markers on the desk top and will even be able to replace the pen in the holder as long as the holder doesn't get bumped out of place. The voice function will be able to change the voice of whomever is speaking from behind the curtains to a perfect replica of the presidents voice with the substitution noticeable only by the lack of gaffes and wandering of the topics.

The Central committee assures us that replacing the president with the vice president, Kamala Harris, will not be necessary with these improvements installed, and in fact, Mr Biden is expected to easily win a second term in 2024 by a 54.65/45.35 margin. People who were worried that the drone of “C'mon man” might be replaced with endless cackling are universally relieved.

Worthy of note, perhaps, is that requests for a complete membership list of the Central Committee, have been met with reactions ranging from mumbling obfuscation to complete silence. 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Gun Sales - Another Record!

 Not entirely surprising but the size of the jump is certainly impressive. Aprils NICS check number is up 20% from 2020, and up 50% from 2019. Slo Joe, when backed by the DNC militias, Antifa and BLM, can sell guns at a rate that completely eclipses the former champ, Hillary Clinton.

Used to be you had to look closely to see the difference from one year to the next. Now there's enough space between the curves to park your car in. The good news, for criminals at least, is that the temporary shutdown of Remingtons ammo plant has left people with bunches of brand new guns, and no ammo to use in them. Even reloading components are being consumed by the existing  ammo plants leaving nothing for we frugal few to roll our own with. 

The good news for the rest of us is that the Remington plant is slowly coming back on line. At the rate their going, the worst of the ammo shortage will be easing in about 6 months or so. Meantime, warning shots are a luxury we can no longer afford. Meantime, remember, a well placed shot today means you won't need a makeup shot down the road.


AZ Audit

 Scott Adams this morning applied his detection skills to the AZ audit and suggested that nothing of any consequence would be found. His reasoning was that had anything turned up, it would have been leaked to the press and published. 

Ordinarily, this might mean something but let me respectfully disagree. The Dems in AZ and other states are filing lawsuits and issuing press releases demanding that the audit be stopped for one reason or another, but centering on a claim that the investigation is an attack on "our democracy". By "our democracy" I assume they mean their win in the Maricopa vote count. Had they lost, it would be attributed to voter suppression or some such. 

I'm sure that at least some information has leaked out even if it's only someones speculation as to the direction the audit is heading. The people running the audit are bound by an NDA forbidding them from releasing partial results or progress reports. This is likely to allow the Dems more time to get the results legally buried before they get generally released. The Dems know what is to be found and the efforts they're putting into quashing that information suggest to me that it must be pretty good.

The media is pretty solidly part of the DNC and if word got out that say 5% of the  ballots (210,000) seemed to have something obviously wrong with them and their removal would change the outcome of the election (winning margin 10,500 statewide), they would certainly have NO interest in publishing that. 

My contention is that if no leaks have been published, it's not because there were no leaks.

Census Results

 After losing a representative by 86 warm bodies, I bet Gov Cuomo is really regretting sending those older Covid cases to the nursing homes.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Fun With headlines - Election Integrity

 From the Epoch Times:

Tennessee Legislature Passes Bill Requiring Watermarks on Absentee Ballots

This being Tennessee, I presume the round ring from the condensation on my bourbon glass will provide sufficient proof that I'm doing this in Tennessee, and have been giving deep consideration to my choices. Must be a watermark, a coffee ring won't do.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Biological Warfare

 Let's play a bit of "What If" shall we?

Suppose some hostile country mounted a biological warfare action against us. Say they had developed a fast-spreading disease with a 3-5% mortality rate among senior management types. Let's say they started spreading it using widely traveled vectors in the international business community who would be the most likely to come in contact with the senior management types they wanted to target.

Here's what a caseload graphic might look like:


It seems that it might be 2-4 months before anyone who mattered actually noticed, and about a year before the maximum effects would hit. At this point, you should have your pre-vaccinated troops ready to rectify whatever borders you want, facing a demoralized enemy with its leadership significantly reduced. If your troops can offer a vaccine, however unproven, to your new citizens, they might even be happily welcomed, especially if  the actual source of the disease can be adequately hidden. The NYT produced a graphic suggesting that a Covid vaccine might take as long as 10 years to produce in quantity, assuming standard super cautious methodology favored by the FDA.

A biological war would therefore, be very slow at the start, be very confusing in the middle, and fairly quickly done with at the end.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Courts, When Faced With Math

 It has been argued that when debating with a liberal, the last thing you want to bring into your argument is anything having to do with math. Well, it seems that while citing statistics, and other such arcane magic to a liberal is nearly always counter productive, it is also true that not all conservatives are math whizzes either, and will shy away from such stuff.

Here is an article in Reason that describes what the problem is in cases when math of an order higher than balancing a checkbook rears its ugly head. Here's a quote:

For example, when presented with basic statistical evidence of anomalies in the 2019 election of Georgia's lieutenant governor, a Georgia Supreme Court justice said: "We are all lawyers. We are all judges. You are making us shudder with math." Another added, "I am one of many people who went to law school because I was told there would be no math. Yet here it is." It is hardly surprising that after advancing to his position as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Roberts' response to statistical evidence showing Wisconsin's voting districts had been warped by political gerrymandering was to dismiss it as "sociological gobbledygook," when, in fact, it was a conclusion based on basic mathematical methods.

I can sympathize with the judges as one of the books that moved me to tears was "Elementary Differential Equations". My other experience was being subjected to a course in Statistical Analysis of Manufacturing Processes" which crammed a complete course in statistics into 4 days. I would not recommend it to a superior court judge who was presented with an analysis of voting distribution patterns. Far better would be for the judge to find a neutral(!) statistician who could sum up the numbers in a way understandable to a lay person. This sort of innumeracy goes a long way toward explaining why most of the lawsuits about the conduct of the last election have been dismissed. If the judge cannot understand your case, you might as well be presenting it in Klingon.

It also seems that if judges are noticeably light in the math department, at least some of the members of the various legislatures have at least a working comprehension of what's going on. In both Arizona and New Hampshire, the legislatures have ordered a detailed audit of the voting processes having been presented with statistical evidence that at least some of the members are familiar with. A business man when presented with evidence that the recorded inputs and delivered outputs do not match expectations, will immediately want to know why and what to do to fix this. His fellow legislators who do not have this background, would still respect his expertise on this matter and at some point, a majority might well form in favor of investigating. 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Gun Control Movement in The Peoples Republic Of Boulder

 A Boulder attorney and gun control advocate has purchased a couple of prominent billboards to make his case:


Well, O.K., the constitution itself was written in 1787, 4 years earlier. Imagine living in a country set up under those outdated ideas. I mean, C'mon man, modern progressive democracies like Russia, China, and the DPRK make a practice of revising or replacing their constitutions every 10 years or so to take into account the changing national or global landscape. Or possibly the mass starvation or privation the old, outdated constitutions delivered, so why wouldn't we want to follow in their footsteps. 

The entire Bill of Rights was written in 1791 so why should we have to put up with such an anachronism today? 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Fun With Headlines - Gang Problems

Here's a story about CNNs Cuomo suggesting that police reform won't come until white kids start getting killed. 

CNN's Cuomo: Police reform won't come until white kids are killed

The problem with this is that most of the kids currently getting killed are members of predominantly black or Latino gangs which typically are not very "diverse". Thus, to get police reform, we must first come down on the non-diverse gangs to force them to admit members from outside their own ethnicities. We also need to get after the larger gangs to get them to diversify their upper management.

UPDATE: Seems I spoke too soon, so shame on me! Here's a collection of mugshots of people arrested in Portland from a BLM demonstration:


Looks like the diversity problem is being quite aggressively addressed. 

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Fun With Headlines - Butigieg

 Found at Brietbart:

PolitiFact Rates Pete Buttigieg Comment ‘True’: ‘Racism Physically Built into Some of Our Highways’

This requires the right viewpoint, and I've got it: Now look at how many of our roadways are made with black asphalt overlaid with white paint. Did you ever see such an example of outright racism?  And to make it even worse, you also find the oppressed black asphalt overlaid with yellow paint as well! Blatant promotion of white and yellow races over black, I say!

So here's how to strike back. Go out and buy a beater car. Doesn't matter what kind, and loosen the oil drain plug, just slightly. Now get out there and drizzle black oil over the racist white and yellow paint! That'll show them!

The Future Of Transportation - Elio Re-Invented

 

I'm completely unsurprised to see this, a variation on the Elio 3-wheeler only electrified. Adding the electric package is a coming thing among the amateur car builders. In this case the manufacturer has taken the Elio concept of a fully enclosed 3-wheeler with 2-in-front configuration and tandem seating, and electrified it.

https://www.arcimoto.com/fuv

The big differences are that 1. this one is the very trendy electric, and 2. It's actually in production. Priced at $17K it's not nearly as cheap as the Elio promised, but is probably more realistically priced considering the not inconsequential inflation that has taken place since Elio rolled out its first prototype.

Leaving off the side doors probably keeps the price down and makes sense in a tropical environment like Eugine OR. I could see some gullwing doors in this vehicles future which would make it a real, all weather vehicle. The top on this one is plexiglass and a half side cover is available on the delivery version. 

They promise a top speed of 75 and a range of (up to) 120 miles in town. I wonder what a used one costs, and how hard would it be to convert to a gasoline engine, either small car or motorcycle? Top speed then would be 110 and range essentially unlimited.

UPDATE: A little digging reveals that enclosure is an option. It's a gullwing, and is seemingly available on one side only. Or I could be wrong, both sides could be opening, just not at the same time.



Friday, April 16, 2021

FedEx Shooting - Speculation

 As of the writing of this post, nothing is known about the shooter or his motives, so as a counter weight to the inevitable lefty wails that he's a racist white guy, let me have a shot (so to speak).

1. He/She/It has lefty social/political views, and

2. He/She/It has a whole basket full of loose screws.

This is support of my view that if there were any way to keep lefty nutjobs from having guns, the instances of mass shootings would drop to near zero. I also don't see any practical way to do this, so I advise the rest of us to go armed.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Cementing Absolute Power

 From the NYdaily news, here's the other shoe we were (not) waiting for:

Reps. Jerry Nadler, who chairs the powerful House Judiciary Committee, and Mondaire Jones will announce the bill at a press conference outside the Supreme Court on Thursday, according to their offices.

Nadler and Jones will be joined by Georgia Rep. Hank Jones, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s sub-panel on courts, and Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey in announcing the high-stakes measure, which is formally called the Judiciary Act of 2021.

This would cement any gains from a 2022 election under the rules of HR1 which would institutionalize election fraud. The party in power usually loses seats in the legislature in the first off-year election following their coming to power, the Dems are punished for over reaching, and the Republicans for doing nothing. Under HR1 rules, the widespread anomalies we saw in 2020 would be spread nationwide to the house and senate races, and no protest would be heard by the supreme court unless a ruling were needed to assure us that there was nothing to see here.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Boredom – Farmers vs Engineers

So which is worse, bored farmers, with 3000 HP pulling tractors and giant sculptures of dinosaurs or bored engineers with rocket-assisted cars and steam powered motorcycles? Or both, competing with trebuchets?

D'wife has remarked several times that Engineers should never be allowed to be bored. The results all too often wind up making headlines and not always in a good way.

Here's my rather modest contribution: A crossbow, made from leftover parts of other projects involving bicycles and old motorcycle parts. I will warn you up front that this thing is not all that close to being finished. I'm designing this as I go along and most of is is subject to revisions, some of which may be quite significant.

Viewing the top. The notch in the right hand stave is not there on purpose. It was there when I found the piece of aluminum. So far, not a problem.

Bottom side. Here you can see the mechanism. The spring is inside the black PVC tube to keep it from flexing when I cock the bow.

The draw on this is a compound stringing method that makes the pull relatively lighter while increasing the pull distance quite a bit. Most crossbows only pull back 6-12 inches but might be as high as 150 lb. The physics of springs says that the energy in a spring is 1/2KX^2 where K is the spring force, and X is the distance it is compressed or extended. More pull distance means less effort to cock it for the same energy for the bolt.

This one uses a rear spring from a motorcycle to supply the force, and the bottom brackets from 2 small bicycles to operate the bow arms which normally do not bend. The chain runs from one sprocket, down through the spring, back up, and around the other sprocket. When the arms are pulled back, the spring is compressed forward. If you want a more powerful bow, you simply attach the chain further around the sprockets, increasing the pre-load on the spring.

It simply cries out for some sort of steampunk decoration.



Monday, April 12, 2021

QOTD - Subsidies

 I hope that the infrastructure package fails, but if it passes, let me say that massive payments to bloggers are infrastructure.

And I mean massive. Hey, it would be less destructive than what the money will actually go for.                 Glenn Reynolds

Being about as lazy as the next guy, I'm down with this. I mean who among us bit-stained wretches couldn't use a few thousand extra dollars? 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Modern Thought Process

 When the Ever Given reached the Suez canal, it was required to take on 2 or 3 Egyptian pilots to safely get it through. These pilots were driving the ship when conditions went South on them and they wound up crosswise in the canal. 

The Egyptian government has announced that it's suing the Evergreen company for the costs associated with the blockage. 

When you lose control of your car on an icy road, spin it 25 times and become the root cause of a 62 car pileup on the freeway, nobody comes looking for the Ford motor company for damages. They come looking for the driver.

The only exception to this so far is when someone buys a gun and goes out and shoots a bunch of people. Then it's the gunmaker's fault. I guess the doctrine is expanding. Expect soon that when someone gets drunk and hits someone else with his car, the car maker will be held liable.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

NICS checks - No Foolin!

 March stats are up and we have another all time record!


You gotta hand it to the Democrats, they know how to sell guns like no one else. Defund the cops? Sure! Empty the prisons? Absolutely! Tolerate rioters to the point of favoring them over the citizenry? You know it! On the up side, no matter how many 30 round mags a mass shooter has, he probably doesn't have more than 20 rounds to put into them as that's about all the gun store will be able to sell him with the gun. Puts a premium on marksmanship and keeps the body count down.

The March count was 4,691,738 so if you take the received knowledge that about 70% of those checks went for gun purchases, that means a bit over 3.2M new guns in circulation. Throw in a box of 50 rounds per gun and someone needs to be making 164.2Million rounds of new ammo. Mama mia! Datsa lotta ammo! And that's just for the new guns. The existing 400M need to be fed too.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Fun With Headlines - China

 Found these two articles in a newsletter from The Epoch Times:

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On March 23, Alexander Tah-ray Yui, head of the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs of the Republic of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, revealed that ...  Read More
 
 

 
 
Chinese health authorities have recently said that an additional third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine may be needed to boost its effectiveness. The announcement was released soon ...  Read More
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So toe our line or die of our virus. Oh by the way, our vaccine for our virus doesn't work very well so you will all need 3 shots instead of two. Wait till you find out what you have to do to get that third one....he he  he.
 
 

Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Fourth Adversary

 A prominent Chinese professor has outlined his vision of how China intends to become the preeminent power in the world. Various approaches are discussed in his paper which you can see summarized here. Among them is cultivation of active adversaries to the U.S. which he sees as being unable to effectively handle more than 3. 

His list currently includes China (of course), Russia, and North Korea. He mentions Chinas attempt to use its belt and road initiative to coerce Brazil into becoming adversary #4, which Brazil declined to join. So let me ask: Who else in this hemisphere is in bed with the Chinese while having a significant footprint in the U.S. already?

Why the Mexican drug cartels of course! China already supplies the Fentanyl they send here in ever increasing quantities, and they have branched out into the immigrant smuggling business which is probably causing more disruption here because of the publicity the U.S. media gives it. 

Four enemies are needed to stretch the United States’ resources while bogging the government down in domestic debates over which threat to prioritize, Jin said.

For instance, before WWII the United States had two adversaries, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. “The Americans debated over and over about who is the real threat,” he said.

“If the United States has four enemies, it will totally lose its direction.”

RTWT and think about the most divisive issues currently in vogue with the media. 

 

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The Future Of Transportation - China

 With a few caveats, of course. Here's a couple of offerings from our friends, the Chinese. The first is a GM China product, the Wuling Zhengtu pickup


Looks like a real pickup although it's much smaller, and features a 1.5l gas engine and a top speed of 75 mph. Look closely and you'll see hinges along the bed. Yes, the sides fold down to make a flatbed. This is a GM design made by Wu Ling and lists for $9000 in China. Shipping for something like this runs about $2500, but drops quickly if you order more than one. I suppose it depends on how many can be stuffed into a shipping container. It's 16 ft long with a 6-1/2' bed so not too small. No word as to whether it meets any U.S. standards for import yet.

Next up is the GenX camper from China by Everbright:


The traditional pickup over-cab camper meets the lambretta 3-wheel ice cream truck. Having only 3 wheels makes it a motorcycle, which skirts most U.S. vehicle safety laws and probably makes it legal to import. The big drawback is that its top speed is limited to 25 mph. Of course that also means that it's a low speed vehicle which in some places exempts it from licensing requirements. $4800 plus shipping (see above). They claim a 240 mile range which would be 10 hours at 25mph which I personally tend to disbelieve. Might be a job opportunity here though selling ice cream in the neighborhoods.



Not As Bad As It Sounds?

 Fake news hack Dan Blather is suggesting that it might not be a bad idea to elevate gun ownership from a constitutional right to a government granted privilege. He proposes that since driving a car on the public roads is usually predicated by obtaining a government license involving at least some training, insurance, and the car must be fitted with about 1200 lbs of safety equipment, that gun ownership should follow the same track. While I could argue that whatever training the average driver gets seems to be of rather limited benefit, let's run with that one.

How about extending this logic to the rest of the Bill of Rights? Should we allow just anyone, for example, to vote? Or hold elective office? Right now we extend the franchise to the ethereally(1) and metabolically(2) challenged without much question, and this seems to me to be a bit over expansive, at the risk of being accused of endorsing voter suppression. 

How about a voter licensing test and certification? You shouldn't be allowed to be involved in selecting those who would govern the rest of us unless you have demonstrated at least some minimal knowledge of how the system is supposed to work, and perhaps the rudiments of competing economic systems. 

What about the candidates? No one who thinks the federal government should be allowed to micromanage everyone's life down to the individual level should be allowed to hold federal office. Or any other office for that matter. Candidates should demonstrate some knowledge of the limitations of their chosen office in addition to their perceived powers. Demonstrating some knowledge of economics wouldn't hurt either.

(1) They don't exist

(2) Dead

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Child rearing

 Found a great column on the topic at Ammo Grrrl. Ex:

I read a pretty amusing description of the difference between the parents’ protocol with the first child and the subsequent children. With the first child, when she drops her pacifier, you boil it. With the second child, you run it under the faucet for a few seconds to remove any visible dirt. With the third child, you have the dog fetch it.

 So all you secondary, tertiary, and etc. kids out there, remember that your parents didn't actually favor their first born over you, they just didn't know any better. As a result, I suppose the much better developed immune system of the younger siblings probably means that today they're only fractionally as likely to catch the Wuhan Flu.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Industrial Scale Vote Fraud?

 I got this through a newsletter, and here's a link to the original article. This describes the crime of sovereign fraud, or fraud committed by the government itself with respect to vote fraud.  A quick search turned up the original article at American Thinker.

The article describes a meeting of professional fraud detectives who feel that little further investigation is necessary since enough real evidence has been collected to get all the convictions one could ask for. The elephant in the room is the courts near universal refusal to go forward which looks suspiciously like they might be involved or at least have an interest in the outcome.

RTWT, it's well worth a little of your time.

This falls in line with Scott Adams observation that if a crime can be committed, and if the payoff is large and the risk of getting caught is small, then said crime WILL be committed. 100% chance.


Monday, March 15, 2021

Springtime In The Rockies

 I got a (measured) 15" of global warming here in Littleton which I removed in stages. My blower turned out to have a loose drive belt and no provision for adjustment. It's good to have a well equipped shop in the garage. Here's how it started on Saturday:



Here the snow is falling horizontally at 20-25 mph. The drive has been cleared at least once. 

Sunday we get blue skies and only 2 or 3 extra inches left to clear. Also 43 deg today so there's a good deal of melting starting. 



The distinctive lines of a '34 Dusenberg Landau ElGreaseian. Couldn't quite get the running boards in though. 
Official total at the airport, which is in another time zone from me, is 27". Mother nature is slipping. Usually a storm like this waits until all the trees have leaves, and the fruit trees have blossomed.


Domestic Terrorists and Gun Bans - New Definitions

 Everyone get out your Newspeak dictionaries as there are some changes that urgently need to be made. First off, 200 black-clad, masked, shouting individuals with Molotov cocktails, cudgels, and hammers are most emphatically NOT terrorists. They are "mostly peaceful" protesters.

Secondly, a homeowner, facing such a mostly peaceful gathering, say in front of his house, is now a Domestic Terrorist, especially if he's armed with a semi-automatic firearm.

So sayeth Dianne Feinstein who is demanding that said firearm be removed from the property owner, or at the very least, be limited to 10 rounds.

This is consistent with the unstated goal of the Democratic Party, to insure a uniformly safe working environment for the most anti-social among us. After all they are among the staunchest supporters of her party.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Latest Windows Update

 I have it from a strictly unconfirmed source that if you get the Gates-approved vaccination for the WuHan Flu, about 2 weeks after the second shot, if you have a Win10 computer, you no longer need either the mouse or keyboard. Your interface is a direct to-the-brain connection and is several orders of magnitude faster than typing or pushing a mouse around.

Possible side effects include automatic storage of all your data to Gates' cloud. If you query Microsoft about this, they will vehemently deny the whole story. I mean, what better proof can you get?

Monday, March 8, 2021

Springtime In The Rockies

 Or If you don't like the weather wait a bit week. Here's the Weather Underground forecast for the next 10 days:


That's nearly uninterrupted snow for 6 days straight with a total accumulation of 19.2 inches. Note that the temps are dropping very slowly. The stuff is predicted to be very heavy and wet. Broken trees, broken roofs, broken old geezers. Also looks like it may not be done come the end of this forecast sheet. 

You folks in the mid west: You're next. 

The good news: None of the deciduous trees have put out leaves yet, and the warm temps at the start should melt the first onslaught down to manageable levels. Maybe.




Suspect Statistics?

 Cali AG Beccara is accused of with holding firearm-related data from U. C. Davis who had the job of sorting through the data to "prove" that Cali's Red Flag laws actually had any effect on the gun death rates there. 

But this brings up a bigger point: what are Becerra and his DOJ hiding? What is it they don't what the UCFC – and the public, for that matter – to know?

The only logical conclusion is that the data would be a massive blow to the gun control agenda. California is constantly looked at as one of the leaders of "curbing gun violence." Any time members of Congress contemplate implementing stricter anti-Second Amendment laws, states like California, Illinois and New York, are frequently brought up. If red flag laws aren't working in the Golden State, that means they would be considered a failure in other states across the nation.

So I sacrificed a black chicken to Baron Samdi at a crossroads at midnight on Friday the 13th asking that he prevent any deadly rampage of pink elephants through the Denver downtown 16th st. mall, and what do you know, since then no rampaging pink elephants have threatened the mall! See? It works! 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

NICS Checks/Gun Sales For Feb

 Big drop Jan to Feb, not entirely unexpected but the curve is still well above last year:

Several gun bills are up for consideration this month and I guess we'll see how far they get with them.


Friday, February 26, 2021

Fun With Headlines - Gun Law

 First this:

House Democrats Push Biden to Create ‘National Gun Violence’ Director

Which makes me wonder if Biden really needs a director for this sort of thing, but what do I know. First person to come to my mind is James Hodgekinson but a bit of checking shows that while he's probably qualified, he's no longer available. 

However, the person who inspired him is still available as shown in this excerpt from the second link above:

The shooter posted several political statements on a Facebook page that appeared to belong to him and was a member of anti-Republican groups, including "Terminate the Republican Party," "The Road to Hell is Paved with Republicans" and "Illinois Berners United to Resist Trump."

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Hyundai Genisis GV80 beta test?

 /s/ 

The Hyundai Genesis GV80 that Tiger Woods was driving was a beta prototype of their entry into the flying car category which Toyota is also getting into. While equipped with the dashboard buttons to enable flight mode, it seemed that Wood's car was not, in fact, fitted with the full suite of flight options. 

Notably missing were the propellers and wings.

/s/

Friday, February 19, 2021

Election Integrity?

 We doan' need no steenkin election integrity. The right people get elected now so go away.

Top 10!

 We did it! Colorado, which normally is to be found in or near the middle of any survey about anything, has finally made it into the top 10.


As our politicians continue to curry favor from the sock puppet in the White House, or more likely from the Central Committee who are running him, I'm sure we'll move up this ladder. 

This chart was found here in an article mostly about California which is well worth reading.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Why Gun Bans?

 Because they can.

It all fits together is kind of a perverted way: The party that wants to empty the prisons, open the borders, and defund the police, also wants to keep you from owning a gun.

Makes you wonder who, exactly, are they working for?


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Coup: Phase 3?

 Ace of Spades this morning reminds us that there are multiple phases to a coup.


Phase 1: Get the New Guy in behind the big desk.

Phase 2: Quickly arrest and/or execute the Former Occupant and cancel as many as his closest people as possible. Get them out of circulation and out of the news.

Phase 3: Arrest or cancel anyone in your own party who might be insufficiently enthusiastic about the New Guys reforms. Get them out of circulation and out of the news.

Phase 2 is rolling merrily along, and phase 3 is now beginning. Good. The sooner the revolutionaries start beheading their own, the sooner the farce will be over. The national GOP says it's planning a push for more transparency in the election process. Frankly I think that horse has left the barn and founded a new herd of its own, but good luck with that. 

Monday, February 15, 2021

Todays Weather

 Weather Underground is telling me it's mighty cold outside this morning:


-40 and feels like -40 so at least the wind chill isn't too bad. 

It's currently 11:40 AM and my outdoor thermometer is telling me it's +25 which I'm inclined to believe. Still. the screen cap was just too good not to post. 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

East Bananastan

 So as of Feb 14, following a widely disputed election, the capitol is occupied by some 25,000 armed troops. The presidential residence and the legislature building are surrounded by newly installed 12 foot “climb resistant” fences, and in some parts of the capitol rioting, looting, and burning has ensued.


Tell me, bro, how is this different from East Bananastan?

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Gun Testing, 1, 2, 3...

Rep Sheila Jackson-Lee is proposing a huge and vastly over reaching anti-gun bill which, among other things, would require a psychiatric examination of all gun owners, potential buyers, and anyone even remotely connected to them to include ex-spouses.


All these in-depth exams presumably to be paid for by the gun owner/buyer.


Right idea, wrong target.


I propose that we require the exact same, in depth, wide ranging, psychiatric evaluations for anyone occupying or running for elective office. The exam itself would not be disqualifying as such, but would reveal to the public the wannabe tyrants up front before they get elected by promising to “fight for you” and then take up an agenda of micro managing everyone else's lives from the position of “designated mommy” for the rest of their lives.


Sound good to you? 

Monday, February 8, 2021

Super Bowl Humor

I did not watch the game. I am told, however , that at halftime, the Chiefs were leading. After the halftime show however, the Bucs had had 20 points added to their score.

Did anyone notice if the scoreboard had a Dominion trademark on it?

Friday, February 5, 2021

Covid-19 - While You're Waiting

First off let me emphatically state that I am NOT a doctor. I have been reading medical papers and watching the Covid fiasco unfold. Here's some stuff I've uncovered. Dr Pierre Korey gave some interesting testimony to the U.S. Senate before the video feed was cut off. Here it is. Watch it.

 Let us suppose that you are somewhere in line holding a ticket with a number in scientific notation, for your turn at a shot of vaccine, that you find yourself showing symptoms of the dreaded Chinky-Pox. What to do? First call your doctor, who may have something on his shelf for you. If you get told to self-quarantine and drink chicken soup, keep reading. Desperate people do desperate things. I plan to.

The following is NOT medical advice. It's what I plan to do if I find myself showing C-19 symptoms. I'm in a high-risk category and don't feel like taking chances with the Pox.

Run down to Murdocks, or whomever it is that sells farm and ranch supplies, and in the Equine section, find the display of Ivermectin. It's a paste, comes in a syringe with a plunger calibrated in pounds body weight, and contains enough to treat a 1250 lb horse. There are several brands ranging in price from $4 to $16. Reading the labels, I couldn't see any other difference. It's apple flavored so the horses like it. You can mix it with a bit of applesauce to make it go down easier if you like. Squeeze out enough for your body weight, and slurp it down. Wait 48 hours, then repeat. At least one protocol suggests adding a zinc supplement and an antibiotic. The antibiotic is precautionary, and your doctor may go along with this.  This should do it. Save the rest for your family as they may soon be needing it as well. If you're not better in 5 days, see your doctor.

It's approved for human use. Show the document at the link to your doctor. Get his opinion. Remember, I am NOT one.

Side effects here although they don't mention the dosage being used. Some of those diseases may require different amounts. Healthline also suggests that certain groups of people might have bad reactions to ivermectin, based off of other health conditions. These conditions include: people with asthma, people who have seizures, people with HIV, and people with liver problems.

Ivermectin is an FDA-approved anti-parasitic drug also shown to be effective in vitro against viruses including HIV, dengue and influenza. In vitro dosages frequently bear little connection to in vivo dosages.

Here, down in the comments, is a note from a user referring to "4 pills" used twice. No idea what size pills he used, and the only source I found for Ivermectin in pill form was doggie heartworm pills which seemed to contain the exact same ingredients as the equine paste. Again # of pills is proportionate to body weight. They're also quite expensive compared to the horse paste.

Election lawsuits

 The left is fond of pointing out that no fraud has been officially recognized, which with the exception of one case in Michigan, might be true. Gateway Pundit has a post describing the current legal landscape which paints a different picture:

The report as of February 4th, 2021 shows:

  • There are 80 court cases to date based on the 2020 election
  • In 28 cases President Trump was/is the plaintiff
  • In 48 cases President Trump was/is not the plaintiff
  • In 4 cases President Trump is the defendant
  • 21 of these cases have been decided on merits
  • Of the 21 cases decided on the merits, President Trump won 14 of them or two-thirds of the cases
  • 25 cases remain active

This would suggest that the current scorecard is Dismissed = 34, Trump or his people win = 14, Trump or his people lost = 7, In process = 25. At the rate we're going, we've seen about half of the cases dealt with one way or another in the 4 months since the election, so we can expect the remainder to be settled by May if we're lucky. Allowing for the usual delays, I would expect the SCOTUS to rule 7-5 in favor of the Dems when the cases get argued sometime this December.

The link in the quote goes to the raw data for the claims, which is at the same time both extensive and unenlightening. Good luck.